Gym Rules - #4

RULE 4: We must have a willingness to work hard. ⁣ Hand in hand with the willingness to improve, must come the readiness to undergo some work that is going to make us uncomfortable. ⁣ Junior wrote a fantastic post that was well received the other day about the ‘inner bitch’ or the desire for us all to stay in our comfort zone. ⁣ ⁣ The comfort zone is where I encourage people to stay if they don’t want to improve themselves. The old cliche of ‘if you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always had’ rings true here. ⁣ ⁣ Does this mean that people who do want to improve themselves must finish every training session in a sweating mess sprawled out over the floor? Absolutely not. If that is your training method, time to rethink. ⁣ ⁣ @michael_boyle1959 is arguably the most sensible brain in our industry. In a recent interview he himself said he was ‘the master of common sense.’ In that same interview he went on to say (and I’m paraphrasing here): ⁣ -if you have never exercised to the point where you at least think there’s a possibility you may throw up, then you probably don’t know what hard work is- ⁣ ⁣ Now, we certainly don’t need that feeling every single time we train nor do we want to see people throwing up from their effort. ⁣ ⁣ But around here, we certainly understand that there are times when we do need to push ourselves in order to improve. We need to get more comfortable being uncomfortable. ⁣ ⁣ At this stage of the year (off/pre season) we are generally getting that feeling at our FYF challenges on a Friday afternoon. During a competitive season we would encourage athletes to save this kind of volition for game day competition. ⁣ ⁣ Something to keep in mind too is the fact that ‘working hard’ doesn’t always need to mean pushing your body during training. Most people we work with are actually pretty good at this. What can be the hardest part (if the goal is fat loss) is chopping the vegetables to prepare healthy meals, saying no to the cake that’s passed around at the office, getting to bed on time even though your favourite show starts in half an hour. ⁣ ⁣ If we want to be better, working hard is part of the process. ⁣#one22

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